New E-Verify Service Provides Workers with Personal Accounts

By Roy Maurer Oct 7, 2014

Workers in five states and the District of Columbia are now able to create and maintain personal accounts and access identity protection features using a new website launched Oct. 6, 2014, by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The agency is calling myE-Verify a one-stop shop for employees participating in the E-Verify employment eligibility verification process. E-Verify is the free Web-based service run by the Department of Homeland Security and used by nearly 550,000 employers to verify employment eligibility.

“Since its inception, E-Verify has provided employees with valuable online tools and resources regarding the employment eligibility verification process,” said USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez. “myE-Verify signifies a significant step forward for added transparency, features and identity protection.”

The myE-Verify site allows:

  • Employees and job seekers to set up free personal accounts to manage the use of their information in E-Verify and Self Check, used by job seekers to check their own employment eligibility status separately from the employer-focused E-Verify process.
  • Account holders to choose to lock their Social Security numbers (SSNs) to prevent unauthorized or fraudulent use within E-Verify. “Users can proactively protect their identities from being used by others to illegally gain employment,” the agency said.
  • Users to take advantage of resources in multimedia formats that “educate employees about their rights as well as the responsibilities of employers in the employment eligibility verification process.”

myE-Verify accounts and the SSN locking function will initially be accessible to individuals in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

USCIS plans to eventually roll out myE-Verify across the country.

The Society for Human Resource Management and the Council for Global Immigration recommended in March 2014 that the then-proposed myE-Verify program incorporate multidimensional, knowledge-based authentication technology to safeguard against identity theft. The recommendations were not implemented.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

Follow him at @SHRMRoy

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